Noida cop suspended for hitting women waiting in line for ration – noida
A sub-inspector (SI) of the Noida police was suspended on Saturday for allegedly hitting women with a stick who were waiting in line for ration in Sector 19 on Thursday, after a video of the incident was circulated online.
The SI was later identified as Saurabh Sharma, the in-charge of the Sector 19 police post. According to the Twitter handle of the Noida police commissionerate, the incident’s authenticity has been established and the SI has been suspended. A departmental inquiry has also been initiated.
According to police officials, the incident took place near a government ration distribution point in Sector 19. In the video, women are seen standing in a queue, awaiting their turn to get ration, when a police personnel is seen hitting some of them with a stick.
The officer in question pushed a woman away from a queue while he assaulted at least two others, as seen in the video, hitting them several times on their legs.
The video was recorded by women standing nearby, who mention that female police personnel are missing from the spot while at least one other police official looks on, making no effort to stop his colleague.
The case is being looked into by assistant commissioner of police, Zone 1, Arun Kumar Singh. He refused to comment on the ongoing investigation and the suspension order.
However, police officials said that the Station House Officer of the Sector 20 police station has been asked to present relevant evidence of the incident.
“The incident took place on Thursday. The SI lost his temper while managing the spot, where, despite multiple requests, people refused to follow rules of social distancing. If any other staff is found involved, action will be taken against them as well,” said a police official, on the condition of anonymity.
On May 9, a police constable with the Lucknow commissionerate, currently posted in Gautam Budh Nagar, was also suspended for allegedly hitting two men exiting a containment zone in Sector 22 to collect water.
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